'Game of Thrones' Star Kit Harington Says He Faces Sexism as a Man in Hollywood: 'It's Demeaning'

by Alex Ungerman 5:50 PM PDT, May 31, 2016
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Kit Harington wants to be known for more than his looks.

The Game of Thrones star admits in a new interview with The Sunday Times that at times, he feels as though he's valued only for his appearance.

"I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It's demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have," he tells the U.K. publication. "But there’s a sexism that happens towards men.”

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The 29-year-old actor, who plays Jon Snow on the hit fantasy drama, has faced some social media backlash over the comments from some who feel he is equating gender issues in a very male-dominated industry.

“There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women," he acknowledges, adding, "and there is towards men as well."

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"At some points during photo shoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that," Harington continues. "If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I’d stop acting."

The popular HBO series has come under fire for sexism in the past, including the lack of balance of male and female nudity, and has seemingly been trying to balance that with the inclusion of full-frontal male nudity in the current season.

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Harington's co-star Emilia Clarke -- who has done a number of nude scenes on the show herself -- is among the voices who think the stripping down should be more balanced between the genders.

"Damn straight," she told ET's Leanne Aguilera, addressing the gender nudity disparity on the show. "Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) hasn't been around for a while, so yes."

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